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Robert Grieve

Louis Kahan

pen and ink on paper (sheet: 56.5 cm x 38.2 cm)

Robert Grieve (b. 1924), painter and printmaker, exhibited in Melbourne in 1948 before leaving for Europe and England, where he studied lithography at the Regent Polytechnic. After a spell of teaching in the late 1950s he made repeated visits to Japan, where he participated in several exhibitions. He also spent time studying in the USSR, China, Cuba and Taiwan. David Ellis's Robert Grieve: Paintings, Drawings and Collage was published in 1995.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Estate of Louis Kahan

Accession number: 2006.9

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Louis Kahan

Robert Grieve

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Lily Kahan (52 portraits)

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Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan
Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan
Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.